The White House on Tuesday, June 29 declined to respond to Fox New host Tucker Carlson’s allegation that the National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on his communications to dig up a chance to shut down top-rated show “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
A day earlier, Carlson fed his viewers with appalling news that the government sought to terminate his show on Fox News by monitoring his communications. He came across this secret via an intelligence community whistleblower who could dictate precisely the story that Carlson and his team were working on, which can only be extracted from either his emails or texts.
In light of the news, the White House was as opaque as it could be in addressing the story.
When a reporter confronted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if the federal agency was spying on the Fox News host, she evaded a definite answer, reports the NationalFile.
“The NSA has, I think you are well aware, everyone’s aware, everyone on this plane is aware, I should say, is an entity that focuses on foreign threats and individuals who are attempting to do us harm on foreign soil,” Psaki told members of the press aboard Air Force One on Tuesday. “So that is their purview, but beyond that, I would point you to the intelligence community.”
Later in the evening of the same day, the NSA released an unsigned statement on Twitter, denying Carlson was a subject of espionage by it.
“This allegation is untrue,” read the statement by NSA. “Tucker Carlson has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.”
Explaining that spying programs by NSA would usually be used for detecting international threats, the federal agency said Carlson would unlikely be a subject in question for them to target.
“NSA has a foreign intelligence mission. We target foreign powers to generate insights on foreign activities that could harm the United States. With limited exceptions (e.g. an emergency), NSA may not target a U.S. citizen without a court order that explicitly authorizes the targeting.”
Carlson was not convinced by the NSA’s response, whose overall message to him did “not deny” their mischievous activity.
“Did the Biden administration read my personal emails? That’s the question that we asked directly to NSA officials when we spoke to them about 20 minutes ago in a very heated conversation,” Carlson taunted, referring to the National Security Agency. “Did you read my emails? And again, they refused to say … ‘We can’t tell you, and we won’t tell you why we can’t tell you.’ My emails. And the message was clear: ‘We can do whatever we want.’ “
Alleging that it has become much more apparent that a particular part of American citizens is being unlawfully treated by their own government, Carlson projected to his audiences that this would remotely be the last scandal.
“Now that the Biden administration has classified tens of millions of patriotic Americans, the kind that served in the military and fly flags in front of their homes, as potential domestic terrorists, white supremacist saboteurs, we’re going to see a whole lot more of this kind of thing,” he said.